Sunday, August 29, 2010

Last of the Summer Reading Days

Just three days left for your kiddos and teens to collect their prizes for all of that summer reading they did. Be sure to stop by the Children's Desk to get their goodies!

As you get ready for the new school year, see what fun stuff we have planned for you at your library.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Connecting Families with Child Care

Going back to work and need child care? Did you know that there is a free service available that helps you find child care that's just right for your family? 

Community Action's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program offers free child care referrals. Just fill out a request form and their specialist will get work foryou. They also have resources on choosing quality child care and findng subisdy support. Last year they helped over 1,000 families find child care.

CCR&R supports providers as well, offering training opportunities in education, business and other skill development areas.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Underpants Everywhere Rejoice!

Fans of Captain Underpants, the awesome series by Dav Pilkey, have something to celebrate. Dav is back with a new book The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future. Check out the hilarious CMN (Cave Man News) interview about the book.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Adults love teen lit too!

August 24 has almost arrived, and with it Mockingjay, the third and final installment of the Hunger Games trilogy. Are you one of the 530 library patrons that have already placed their holds? Are you so overcome with excitement you can barely function? Well, you're not the only one. According to this New York Times article, lots of very smart grown ups love reading teen lit. Well, any librarian coulda' told you that. As the article states, “A lot of adult literature is all art and no heart...There’s a freshness [in teen lit]; it’s engaging. Y.A. authors aren’t writing about middle-aged anomie or ­disappointed people.”

Talk to your youth librarian today to get great reading recommendations for not only your kids, but your own sweet self, as well!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good Deeds and Vocabulary

Fans of good deeds and vocabulary can help the Oxford Dictionaries Save the Words. On the interactive site you can browse through oft-forgotten words. Find a word you really like and pledge to "save" it by using it as often as you can.

For example, I found a nidifice in my wisteria yesterday. What word will you save from oblivion?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ahoy, Library Patrons

The last Super Tuesday of the summer is a doozy. Set sail with Slightly Illusional Tuesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. as they explore the world of books, magic tricks, puppets, storytelling and music. Yep, all in one show! Whew. This high-seas adventure follows Captain Curt and his friends as they search for treasure. Arrr, see ya then!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Last of the Summer Programs

Our summer schedule is wrapping up...just a few more fantastic programs before a mini-break and the beginning of our *gasp* fall programming! Check here for a listing of all of our remaining events.

Don't forget to turn in reading logs before the end of August to get prizes for your kiddos. We've had almost 2,500 kids and teens sign up for the Summer Reading Program! And we want to know, what was your child's favorite read this summer? Just add it to the comments.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Crazy Summer

Sometimes you read a book that's just wonderful. It breaks your heart, makes you smile and teaches you a little something. Granted, I'm a fan of most books, so it takes a zinger to really impress me. Enter One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

With lyrical prose that flows and jives, Williams-Garcia shows the strength and heartache of Delphine and her two little sisters sent to spend a summer month with the mother who abandoned them. The tension from the family dynamic is echoed in the tension of times, with the girls spending their days at a Black Panther summer camp. For all of the hardships, this book still manages to be upbeat. This beautiful read set in a rarely written about time and place is one to read along with your young reader.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do you Tweet?

We do! The Tigard Library is expanding into the virtual world with a new Facebook page (become a fan!) and a Twitter feed. Stay up to date with the latest library news. What are your librarians thinking about? Sign up and find out.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Get Your Prizes!

Did your kiddo meet their summer reading goal? Don't forget to stop by the library (with them!) and get their prizes. Included in their is a coupon for the super Summer Reading Parties at Oaks Park, your choice of August 11 or August 26. Plus they get to pick out a book of their choice.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Puppet Show Tonight!

The fabulous superstar librarian and puppeteer Steven Engelfried will be performing tonight, Tuesday, August 8 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. In his show Three Frogs, One Troll & The Big Splash, three frogs want to find a new pond with tasty flies and splashy water, but they'll have to trick their way past a grumpy troll first. Bring your big and little kids to enjoy this fantastic puppet show!

If you're so inspired afterwards, check out a puppet in our Children's Room!